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  • AF names 12 outstanding airmen

    Air Force officials announced the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2003 on July 10. The top airmen were chosen from a field of 46 members representing organizations at all levels of command throughout the Air Force.The winners are:-- Staff Sgt. Omar Ali Abed, from the 37th Security Forces Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. -- Master
  • Risk management can improve safety

    With the first half of the 101 Critical Days of Summer almost finished, 14 airmen were killed in private motor vehicle accidents. Eight of those killed were involved in motorcycle mishaps, including one during the Fourth of July weekend. Air Force leaders are emphasizing operational risk management to keep airmen safe.“There’s risk involved in
  • Now showing: July 7 edition of AFTV News

    The latest edition of Air Force Television News is the finale of a two-part presentation featuring a historic town hall meeting held at the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. The program features the secretary, chief of staff and chief master sergeant of the Air Force fielding questions from moderator Master Sgt. Chris Beckwith and an audience of
  • Planning helps financial future

    For young airmen, the future can seem too far away to deal with now; however, many have learned that their decisions today have a great effect on their lives ahead. This is true especially when it comes to finances, according to the personal financial manager here.Dottie Blesse talks to young airmen on topics ranging from how to balance a
  • Officials announce AF services awards

    Air Force Services Agency officials announced the winners of the 2003 services awards July 7.Misawa Air Base, Japan, won the Gen. Curtis E. Lemay Trophy for best overall services unit at a large base. Incirlik AB, Turkey, won the Maj. Gen. Eugene L. Eubank Trophy for best services at a small base. Other winners are:-- Gen. Michael P.C. Carns
  • News subscription service available

    Air Force Link, the Air Force’s premier Web site, has launched a new subscriptions management page. From this Web page, people can manage their subscriptions to a variety of news and information services delivered via e-mail.The Air Force News Agency offers free subscriptions, delivered directly to requestors’ e-mail boxes. These subscriptions
  • Combat controller earns Pitsenbarger award

    A combat controller from Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., has been named the 2003 Pitsenbarger award winner.Staff Sgt. Gabriel Brown was selected for his heroism while supporting Operation Anaconda during Operation Enduring Freedom.While attached to the 75th Ranger Regiment, his quick-reaction force was called to extract a team of five U.S. Navy
  • Moody NCO earns first sergeant award

    A senior noncommissioned officer assigned to the 347th Maintenance Squadron at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., is the recipient of the 2003 Air Force First Sergeant of the Year award.Master Sgt. Jeffery Hollinshead is being recognized for transforming a marginal unit into a first-rate one, while significantly improving standards, teamwork and morale."I
  • Tiger Woods e-mails airman

    Finishing first four times this year on the PGA tour while ranking second on the money list, people hardly ever see Tiger Woods without a golf club in his hand. Recently though, Tiger may also have been seen with a laptop, as he participates in the Jocks to GIs Direct program, run by ESPN.com.Jocks to GIs Direct is a program that matches
  • Unsafe choice kills two airmen

    People may think “it’s not going to happen to me.” But they need to think again. No one is immune; preventable vehicle crashes happen all the time, according to safety officials here. Automobile crashes do not mean just cuts, bruises and broken bones. They can mean permanent disfigurement or worse. They can mean death, as in the case of two U.S.
  • 200,000 parents receive pins

    Your Guardians of Freedom, the Air Force’s grass-roots outreach information and recognition program, has touched the lives of more than 200,000 parents of airmen, a Pentagon official has announced.The program began in 2002 as a way for Air Force leaders to personally recognize the employers of reservists and guardsmen who were called to active duty
  • Air Force names top combat controllers

    Four veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom earned top honors as the Air Force’s 2002 Combat Controllers of the Year, according to officials.Capt. Patrick Ward, from the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla., is the Combat Control Company Grade Officer of the Year.Ward served as the airfield manager and chief air traffic controller
  • Roche will receive ‘Order of the Sword’

    Air Force noncommissioned officers will bestow their highest honor on the secretary of the Air Force as they induct him into the service’s Order of the Sword on Sept. 13 at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.Dr. James G. Roche received word of his induction during the recent Town Hall Meeting at the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, on June
  • Lancer drops joint standoff weapons

    A B-1B Lancer test crew here recently dropped the Joint Standoff Weapon for the first time from the long-range bomber, according to Air Force Flight Test Center officials here.The four-person test team from the 419th Flight Test Squadron released two standoff weapons as part of ongoing separation testing on the Lancer. The weapon is intended to
  • Combat training goes rangeless

    The P5 Combat Training System introduced recently promises to revolutionize training by allowing warfighting pilots to test their skills anywhere, versus in limited air space, according to Air Armament Center officials here.The system uses pods that communicate with each other. The pods enable air-to-air and air-to-ground combat training to be
  • President rallies crowd in July 4 address

    People here have been crucial to victories in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to President George W. Bush during a July 4 address. And their work “has given America the finest Air Force in history,” he said.Kicking off Independence Day activities, Bush addressed nearly 20,000 people who weathered high temperatures in a field adjacent to the Air
  • Kadena athlete trains for Ironman

    Stealing a page out of contemporary military doctrine, Shawn Hnatko trains like he will fight. His war will be Oct. 18 on Hawaii’s Big Island and will last more than 10 hours. His enemy is also his only ally -- himself.“Ten hours is a long time to battle the demons,” he said of his date with the Ironman Triathlon World Championships. “But it’s a
  • AEF rotations begin at Tallil

    Five airmen stepped off a C-130 Hercules aircraft June 30 to become the first Air and Space Expeditionary Force Blue arrivals here.The AEF Blue rotation is the first of two 120-day tours designed to replace most people who are still deployed supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and help normalize the AEF cycle, according to officials. "I'm really
  • Rugby players named ‘All-Americans’

    Five members of the Air Force Academy’s two-time national championship women’s rugby team were named to the Women’s Collegiate All-Americans for the 2002 to 2003 academic year July 3. First team all-American honors went to 2003 academy graduate, now-2nd Lt. Tess Labowitch and sophomore Leslie Kastrop. Kastrop was also the most valuable player for
  • Officials release HH-60 crash report

    Air Force investigators were unable to determine the primary cause of the March 23 crash of an HH-60G Pave Hawk in Afghanistan.Investigators found substantial evidence that three factors contributed to the accident, according to an Air Combat Command accident investigation board report released July 3. First, the refueling tanker was flying 150
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